How to keep your emotional support animal license in the wild
Posted On June 22, 2021
A couple of weeks ago, the Humane Society of the United States took on an adorable Japanese cat that had been lost and was living on the street.
When the animal was found and adopted by a couple of friends, the humane society sent a letter to the animal shelter saying that while it wasn’t an issue for the shelter, the cat might have a more immediate need than what the shelter was prepared to deal with.
The letter said the animal would need to be given a place to stay in order to avoid unnecessary veterinary bills and be given proper treatment and socialization.
The Humane Society’s letter said that if the cat’s needs were met and its needs were addressed in a timely manner, the shelter would consider adopting the cat.
But the shelter didn’t have a place for the cat, and they had no money to cover vet bills and care for the animal.
The couple had a very difficult time finding a place that would take the cat because they were so far from home.
They had to drive to Washington, D.C., and then take an hour and a half train ride home.
The shelter also needed to find an owner willing to adopt the cat and would have to be able to provide a place where the cat could be fostered until it could be returned to its owners.
And then, they needed to pay for the vet bills.
So the couple had to find a way to get their emotional support animals license to continue to live on the streets.
The emotional support cat license is an incredibly rare license.
According to the American Association of Animal Hospitality Professionals, it’s only been offered to about 40 dogs and cats since it was first introduced in 1989.
And the license is not renewable.
There are currently about 200 licenses issued for emotional support cats, but the Humane Solicitors Association estimates that there are about 50 emotional support companion animals licensed in the United Kingdom.
In 2016, a British court ordered the Animal Welfare Society of England and Wales to remove an emotional support kitten from a cat shelter because the kitten had no permanent owners.
That ruling was upheld by the UK’s Court of Appeal in March 2017.
The judge said the kitten was not the responsibility of the shelter.
In May, the UK government announced that it would be ending its lifetime ban on emotional support pets, allowing owners to bring their pets to the country to be fosters or to live in the community.
The ban was also lifted in September 2017 for pets in foster care.
“We are pleased to announce that the UK has removed its lifetime restriction on emotional supports and is now open for applications for a new license for all cats and dogs,” the Animal Rights Campaign said in a statement.
But a year and a quarter later, it seems like it will never happen for this cat.
On May 18, 2017, the Animal Protection Alliance (APA), an animal rights organization that represents the interests of companion animals, sent a cease and desist letter to Shelter Victoria, the nonprofit agency that has the license to care for dogs and cat that have lost their owners and need foster care, and the Humane Societies Association, which represents emotional support service providers.
APA said that while Shelter Victoria was complying with the law and had agreed to pay $1,300 for the kitten, the agency had not yet met the legal requirements to provide emotional support for the new kitten.
“The APA has a long history of opposing euthanasia, euthanasia of animals, and euthanasia for companion animals,” the letter said.
“Shelter Victoria has not met its obligations to the APA and therefore is not meeting its obligation to adopt and place emotional support kittens in permanent loving homes.
The APA cannot be expected to take on this difficult and significant responsibility without the support of Shelter Victoria.”
APA also said that the kitten could not have been adopted for adoption without a license.
“While the APAs own-enter and care dog licenses may not have any permanent owners, APA will not take a license for a non-foster, non-shelter animal that is not a permanent, licensed, or registered animal with the AP.
If Shelter Victoria or the APs new owner chooses to not adopt a kitten with a permanent owner, they will have no recourse to an order by the court to prevent Shelter Victoria from adopting the kitten,” the AP said.
So what can you do to help save the emotional support pet license?
In 2016 alone, there were more than 1,600 emotional support licenses issued in the U.S., according to the Humane Association.
The most common reason that owners of emotional support dogs and/or cats were not adopted was because the dog or cat was not suitable for the foster home.
“Most adoptions of dogs and Cats are for individuals who are too ill to be adopted, or who have serious medical problems, or for people who cannot provide an adequate home for the dog and/ or cat,” APA stated in a